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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms and will quarantine at home. It’s the second time Austin has gotten the coronavirus. In a statement Monday,  Austin, 69, said his is fully vaccinated and has received two boosters. He said he’ll quarantine for the next five days in accordance with CDC guidelines and “will retain all authorities and plan to maintain my normal work schedule virtually from home.” Austin said his last in-person contact with President Joe Biden was on July 29. Austin also had COVID in January.

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Between appreciation in home values and steady income from rents, residential real estate has proven to be an attractive asset class for corporate landlords and investment firms, as well as individual investors and small landlords—especially those who have cash to make a purchase. But for in… Read more

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Nicholas Evans, the British author of the bestselling novel “The Horse Whisperer,” has died at 72. His representatives at United Agents said Evans died “suddenly” on Aug. 9 following a heart attack. Published in 1995, “The Horse Whisperer” was Evans’ debut novel and sold more than 15 million copies worldwide. The story of a trainer hired to help an injured teenager and her horse back to health was adapted into a Hollywood movie starring Robert Redford as the title character and Scarlett Johansson playing the young rider in her breakout role. Evans worked as a screenwriter and television documentary producer before working on the novel. His other books include “The Loop,” “The Smoke Jumper,” “The Divide” and “The Brave.” Read more

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A resident looks as a worker in protective gear uses misting machines during an anti-dengue drive in San Juan city, Philippines, Monday, Aug. 15, 2022. Government workers cleaned waterways and used misting machines outside homes to prevent the spread of dengue in the city. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) Read more